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Background

2010 was the 10th anniversary of the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act enforced in Taiwan. To celebrate the 10 years achievement and to continuously improve our technologies of investigation, remediation and management on soil and groundwater contaminated sites in Taiwan, Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan (Taiwan EPA) organized the International Conference on the Investigation, Remediation and Management of Soil and Groundwater Contaminated Sites in Taipei on October 27, 2010, and provided a platform for administrators, researchers, and environmental engineers from Asia and other countries for exchanging and promoting advanced concepts, technologies and products in this field.
More than 50 distinguished experts were invited from more than 20 countries to share their knowledge and experience in this conference. All honorable speakers focus on legislation, remediation technology and cases studies on the soil and groundwater contamination sites. They also delivered in-depth analyses, shared their experiences to enhance future scientific developments, and secured the sustainable utilization of soil and groundwater resources.


Situations changed after the Remediation Act was announced
Since the promulgation of the Soil and Groundwater Remediation Act developed in Taiwan in 2000, several other changes have been occurred in the last decade in Taiwan.
● The industries have learned that they have to pay a high price to cleanup the land they polluted if Taiwan EPA discovered they had caused the contamination and ordered them to complete the remediation within a certain period of time.
● Many universities and environmental consultant companies in Taiwan are offering soil and groundwater study programs for Master or Ph.D. degrees. Many universities also have established research centers for developing innovative remediation technologies.
● New investigation tools have been utilized in the laboratories and contaminated fields. Taiwan had used cable tool to install the groundwater monitoring wells, now Taiwan is able use the direct push or air hammer to install the groundwater monitoring wells in everywhere.
● In order to reduce the cost, improve time effectiveness of investigation, and monitor pollutants in the soil and groundwater environments, Taiwan consultant companies have developed some innovative monitoring techniques in recent years, including MIP (membrane interface probe) to detect volatile contaminants, XRF (x-ray fluorescence) to detect heavy metals distribution, and field test kits to detect TPHs (total petroleum hydrocarbons) and explosive pollutants. According to the screening results, we only take the suspected portion of soil and groundwater samples for further confirmation to be conducted in the laboratory.


Achievements, milestones and future service for Asian countries
Taiwan has created some achievements and many milestones to share with other countries in this field for last decade, especially in Asia. The goals of Taiwan EPA future work are to revitalize the usage of the contaminated land with green remediation strategies, protect our resources by rigorously carrying out the regulations, provide training courses of advance technologies for our professionals, and share our experiences with other countries, especially for countries in East and Southeastern Asia. Therefore, a special meeting program was organized for East and South-Eastern Asian countries in the afternoon of October 27, 2011.


Special Meeting of East and South-Eastern Asian countries in October 27, 2011
This special meeting for East and South-Eastern Asian countries has been successful in bringing together for scientists and government officers in this region, including Japan, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan. This meeting also let the countries realize and concur on the urgent need to establish a technical working group on Remediation for Soil and Groundwater Pollution of Asian and Pacific Regions  (ReSAGPAPR WG), and the working group was established in the closing remarks on October 27, 2011 in Taipei. The primary objectives of this working group would be to provide a technical-based network for Asian countries that is capable of exchange and cooperate of remediation techniques in Asia and to serve the remediation techniques for the changing and challenging social demands and to function as a rational platform for decision and policy makers to make informed decisions for risk-based assessment of the contamination sites in the future.

Main objectives of the ReSAGPAPR WG
The main objectives of the ReSAGPAPR WG are proposed as:


● To establish a risk-based approach and sustainable land management network at the Asian level,
● To share the database of pollution sites, recycling use of natural resources including the sediments,
● To serve the wider context of the changing and challenging social demands, and
● To function as a rational platform for decision and policy makers to make the remediation on sites of soil and groundwater pollution.


2012 Taipei International Conference on Remediation and Management of Soil and Groundwater Contaminated Sites
In October 2012, Taiwan EPA provided the working group a great funding to invite 20 distinguished speakers and 15 international participants from 12 countries, especially from Australia, United Kingdom, and United States, to share their knowledge and experiences on regulations of pollutants, innovative technologies and management strategies for the contaminated sites of soil and groundwater pollution. The conference was held at the International Convention Center, National Taiwan University Hospital on October 30-31, 2012.
The goal of this conference is to provide a platform for administrators, researchers, and engineers from around Asia to exchange and promote advanced concepts, technologies, and products related to the remediation and management of soil and groundwater contaminated sites. Each invited speaker was requested to make two oral presentations in 2 days conference which are quite different compared to other international conferences. The only one reason is to give more benefits, not only for 550 local audiences in here but also for 35 international speakers and participants from 12 countries.


2014 International Conference on Remediation and Management of Soil and Groundwater Contaminated Sites
This year (2014), Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (Taiwan EPA) will organize a more expanded international conference.The topic is " Remediation and Management of Soil and Groundwater Contaminated Sites and Taipei Soil and Groundwater Exhibition" to be held on November 25‐ December 1, 2014, at Taipei city, Taiwan. Taiwan EPA will invite 20 distinguished invited speakers from the world (2 keynote speakers, 6 speakers from United States of America and Canada, 6 speakers from European Union, 6 speakers from Asian and Pacific), 12 Director Generals, and 12 steering committee members and other Scientific Committee members of the Working Group on Remediation for Soil and Groundwater Pollution of Asian and Pacific Regions (WG ReSAGPAPR) to join this activity. The total participants will be more than 550 persons including more than 100 foreign participants from 30 countries and more than 400 local participants.